Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory


The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is the centerpiece of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, a 17-acre park in downtown Oklahoma City. The bridge is another example of structural engineering merging with architectural design. Upon entering, visitors experience the warm, humid air of a rainforest. A cloud-making system was specially engineered to provide the environment necessary for the rainforest to flourish. A path alongside a 35-foot waterfall leads up a "mountain" of natural-looking rock formations, which were created by taking latex molds from actual rock outcroppings. Along the skywalk, one encounters other exotic gardens--and animals.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Environmental
Topic(s):Green
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is made from 3,028 translucent acrylic panels. It is 224 feet long and reaches a height of seven stories. The 2-acre lake spanned by the bridge is fed by a natural aquifer.